How to Stay Forever Young

by Raymond David Salas

It seems like so many people are in search of the fountain of youth. They are looking for the keys to anti-aging through supplements, diet, exercises, surgical procedures, and anything else that might help them feel younger. In truth, the keys to anti-aging can’t be found in any of these areas. The answers can only be found within, which is probably the last place most people would think of looking.

So, let us take a look there together:


Stay forever young

“Is it not madness to think life as being born, aging, losing vitality, and dying in the end? Accept no compromise in which death plays a part. Be not deceived by the ‘reality’ of any changing form.” – ACIM

The key to remaining young is to drop the concept of “anti-aging” altogether. “Anti” anything sounds like you’re waging a battle or war. Through the universal law of attraction, whatever you resist will persist because you are giving your attention to it. So, if you’re fighting against aging, you’re actually creating more of this experience for yourself. As A Course In Miracles says “You create what you defend against.” The solution is to not be against aging, or anything else for that matter. Instead, choose to focus your attention on what you do want to create and experience for yourself and your life. In this instance, your desire might be to stay forever young. If so, focus your attention on this and ignore everything else contrary to this desire.

When I use the term “forever young,” I define it as remaining young at heart, embodying those feelings of joy and freedom most of us had as children, but for some reasons (e.g., social conditioning), lost or outgrew. For me, it is also the belief that anything is possible at any time. The good news is this way of looking at the world is not dependent on your chronological age. It is available to you right now, regardless of your age. As I noted in my book Yoga In A Book, the calendar doesn’t determine your day. You do. Remember, you are free to believe anything you desire at any time.


Here are some tools I have found to help you stay forever young:


Change your beliefs.

You are actually under no laws but the Law of Attraction. Life is whatever you decide it is. If you decide that every day in every way you are getting better and better, you are. If you decide that something is truly good for you, it is. If you decide that something is truly bad for you, it is. As Edgar Cayce said “Mind is the master.” A belief is simply a thought you keep on repeating. If your beliefs in any area of your life are no longer bringing you the joy you desire, change them. Choose new thoughts and your beliefs will change as a result.


Be yourself.

If you look around, you might see many younger people trying to be older and many older people trying to be younger. In most of these cases, it never works. It ends up looking like they are all trying too hard to be something they are not. Here’s a solution: Be yourself. Accept yourself as you are. Be all that you can be, reach for your potential, but don’t try to be anything you are not.


Be happy.

I believe we are all wired for happiness and naturally irresistible. If you don’t feel happy or joyously irresistible, make the decision that you’re going to be as happy as you can be, starting right now, no matter what. Feel your way, step by step, back to your “happy place,” one way or another. Laugh more. Do whatever feels good. Stay committed to doing the things that make your heart sing. If you find it hard to do any of this, fake it until you make it. Practice imagining what it’s like to be happy and you will begin to attract all of things into your life that will actually match your vibration of joy.


Don’t compare yourself to others.

Don’t keep score, especially with regards to age. It’s not a competition. There is no winner here. Release all thoughts of “When you’re twenty years old, this is supposed to happen,” “When you’re thirty years old, this is supposed to happen,” and so on. Says who? Who makes up all of these “rules” and more importantly, why are we following them? Why do we accept the experiences of another as our own path and life journey? Be inspired by others, but be yourself. This is your life, not theirs. Therefore, do not compare yourself to others. You do not need their agreement or approval to create and thrive in your own life. As Abraham-Hicks reminds us, “You just have to be who you are. Choose what feels good to you and leave everybody else to choose what they want.”


Live for something greater than yourself.

Select an ideal, purpose, or mission greater than yourself to live for. Set your sights high. Dream the so-called “impossible” dream. Challenge yourself, but know that it’s okay if you never get there because no one is keeping score. Remember? The only thing you are truly seeking on your path is joy. As Abraham-Hicks concludes, “Everything exists for joy. There is not one other reason for life than joy. We’ve got nothing to prove to anyone, because nobody other than All-That-Is is watching. We’re not trying to get someplace else; we’re not trying to get it done, because there is no ending--we cannot get it done. Everything exists for the purpose of joy in the moment."